Saturday, 12 February 2011

Happiness

A long while ago I bought a set of Dharma Cards which are these really beautiful photographic cards based on some of the main wisdoms of Buddha. Until today I have been too imbalanced to even attempt to use them, but the call of my shrine has been strong this morning so I lit the candles and incense and picked out the one that felt right.

Given all the problems I have had of late with my mood and depressive slumps it was very fitting that the card that made itself known to me was Happiness.

This is what it says:

Let us live happily then,
free from the bondage of hate!


Let us live happily then,
free from the disease of misery!


Let us live happily then,
free from the craving of desire!


Let us live happily then,
though we call nothing our own!


We shall be like the gods,
feeding on happiness.


Above all else perhaps it is the associated message and explanation in the book that really hit home (I will just include the parts that were specifically true as the passage is long), one that I will be sharing with a few people that I know of that are going through the same thing:

Buddha encourages happiness. He encourages you to taste the freedom that arises when you are no longer a slave to the pulls of your mind. As things are now, your mind goes on swinging from one extreme to another, like a pendulum. First you love, then you hate; one minute you are happy, then the next you are sad. Become aware and follow the middle path. Don't be thrown from one extreme to another. Be watchful and choose to be a witness. Then you will find happiness. Then you will no longer be curtailed by your mind.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Silence is Golden

Wow...it's been a long while since my last post and you may be wondering why. It has, quite frankly been a tough couple of months. I found myself sinking into a depressive swing (the first one I've had in years) and it has really knocked me for six. Now, thankfully I can feel myself coming out of it, I only hope that it will continue to get better and I will be clear of it for now.

I am tentatively back in the blogging sphere and I really hope that I stay here again. I've missed you guys so much, but really, when this hits I can't very well do anything that isn't absolutely necessary. I have just about scraped through and I look forward to catching up with you all again.

Blessings x